For the past 15 years, Peace Over Violence has run the Denim Day in L.A. and USA campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day will be held on April 29, 2015.
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WPBF 25 News featured a story on local survivor Julie Weil as she reaches out to other victims of sexual assault.
Watch the full story here: Rape Victim Hopes to Help Other Victims
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.
Palm Beach County Victim Services on Australian Ave in West Palm Beach kicked off SAAM by decorating their field with 585 flags representing the total number of new cases over the last year. This number has decreased from last year’s 678 reported victims. They also inscribed “No More” on the fence; meaning no more victims, no more rape, and no more victim blame.
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Lauren’s Kids spent 3 days walking through Palm Beach County spreading awareness about childhood sexual abuse. Walkers included, victims, advocates, law enforcement, and family members; this year the youngest “walker”, a 4 month old baby girl, also joined to show her support.
— Photos courtesy of http://www.Laurenskidsphotos.org
“Lauren Book, Lauren’s Kids’ founder and CEO, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her female nanny. Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.
The organization also leads an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” awareness walk across the state of Florida – 1,500 miles from Key West to Tallahassee.
The foundation has helped advocate for the passage of nearly two dozen laws to support survivors and protect children from predators. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.” — Courtesy of http://www.Laurenskids.org